I recently recieve an error on my laptop running windows xp pro:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
This started when it suddently lost power due to a battery issue. I ran a chkdsk but received "volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems". So i ran fixboot, then successfully ran chkdsk with no errors however, my laptop would still no boot to windows. I decided to remove the hard drive and put it into an external usb sata device that would allow me to copy important files to another computer. When the drive appears in file manager, all the folders and files look like hieroglyphics and i cannot open anything.
Any help would be reat.